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Shonda Rhimes On Scandal’s Most Shocking Moments: ‘It Was A White Woman Bound On The Floor While A Man Of Color Was Standing Over Her’
It’s like each season of Scandal gets nuttier and nuttier. At this point, it seems that not even the most die-hard gladiators will be able to even come close to predicting what season four will bring. Scandal executive producer recently sat down with NY Mag’s Vulture to discuss the explosive season. Check out some of her interview highlights.
On Huck removing Quinn’s teeth:
“To me it felt the natural progression of Huck’s character. If Quinn’s gonna do these things, then Huck is gonna do what Huck does. I try not to make the characters bend to our will. If I’ve set up a world in which this is what Huck does, and this is the way Huck treats people who are traitors, and this is how Huck protects Olivia, then that’s what he’d have to do to Quinn as well.”
“I think of them as family! And it was very interesting, because I wrote that line for Huck, ‘I’ve never done this with somebody in the family, with somebody I love.’ I wrote it and I thought, in a weird way, that makes it feel special to him. If you go with Huck’s mindset, it makes it feel more intimate and more special and probably, oddly, more exciting if you think about who he is. For me, it’s a reminder that as much as we all love these people, they’re all still monsters. They’re all still monsters walking around in human skin.”
On not being afraid to make the characters do “bad” things:
“Everybody in the [writer's] room accepted it [Huck torturing Quinn] because we’re not watching the show. I feel like we’re fighting against the very traditional idea that we see these people and we identify with them and therefore they must be good. On our show, we see these people and we identify with them — that doesn’t mean they’re good by any stretch of the imagination. Sometimes you love Cyrus, and he is a monster. There are many people who think Liv should be with Fitz, and he’s an adulterer and a murderer. Huck likes to cut off people’s fingers and toes and abuse them with drills and somehow we’ve decided he’s the sweetest one of them all. So, there’s a very, I don’t want to say “basic,” but there’s a very simplistic moral world that people want these characters to exist in and they just don’t.”
On struggling with portraying a man torturing a woman:
“Well, what was interesting was, it felt fine. People were emotional about it at the table read because we’re a group of people who get that way. Everyone’s so close. Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz were very stressed out about having to play these scenes with one another. I made sure they had a rehearsal where they bound her up and did the whole thing. I asked her, “Do you feel comfortable? Do you feel like your chastity’s been maintained? Do you feel okay?” She was like, “I feel really good. Really safe. Really awesome.” But then I saw it, and it wasn’t until I saw it that I went… Quinn may have done lots of things, but suddenly it was a woman, bound on the floor — It was a white woman, bound on the floor, while a man of color is over her, pulling out her teeth, torturing her. The visual of that I had a really strong reaction to. Now, I often think that the things I have a strong reaction to are the things we should absolutely be doing, but I had a really hard time with it in the beginning.
On Mellie being raped by Fitz’s dad:
“Once again, it was about following the character backwards. I was sort of thinking, “Who is Mellie at heart? How did she get this way? How did she get from the sweet girl who married this man to the woman she is? What could have happened to her along the way? What are the small betrayals and the big betrayals that she would have had to suffer, and commit, to get where she is?” It felt like a very true moment if you think about everything Fitz has ever said about his father, everything that’s ever happened in their relationship, the idea that Mellie has these character traits that make her feel very protective but also determined to stay with him because of what she’s given up. It felt like true character to me, so it was really about that. And then, yeah, people got really, really upset; that was really interesting to me. I felt really confused and disturbed that people thought we were doing it to make people like Mellie.”
In other “Scandal” news, The Wrap is reporting that this season will be cut down from 22 episodes to 18. The reason? We assume it’s going to be too hard for Kerry to hide her little baby bump. Sadness.
Khandi Alexander Says “Scandal” Role Was So Secret, She Couldn’t Even Tell Her Man, And Explains Why She’s Team Mellie
What are we thinking of Khandi Alexander in the role of Olivia Pope’s mother so far? She hasn’t been in too many scenes, but so far she’s grilled Rowan for being a terrible father, bitten through her own wrist at the expense of our late night snacks, and managed to escape from her prison-like confinements. Next episode, things will come to a head as she finally gets to reunite with Olivia, and I’m sure it will have everybody talking–as always. It’s clear that getting the chance to play Maya Lewis has been a very good look for the seasoned actress, and while speaking on the opportunity to E!, Alexander said that when she got the role, she couldn’t tell her manager, her agent or her man (so they found out when we did) because it was that top secret. Here’s what she had to say about that, her disappointment in wearing jumpsuits instead of Chanel, and why she’s Team Mellie, even though she plays Olivia Pope’s mother.
Getting The Top Secret Role Of Maya Lewis:
“The executive producer, Mark Wilding, called me and offered me the part. And he said, ‘The only thing I can tell you is that you’re Mama Pope and you can’t tell anybody anything. Do you want it or don’t you? Is it a yes or a no?’ I said, ‘I’m in and I won’t say anything.’ And I didn’t tell anyone. I didn’t tell my agent, my manager, my boyfriend. I didn’t tell anybody and I didn’t know anything….They knew I was doing the show but they didn’t know anything about what I was playing.”
Her Thoughts On Fitz Shooting Down That Plane, Mellie, And Why She Loves Scott Foley:
“Actually, after the Mellie revelation [that Fitz's father raped her], that was more powerful to me than shooting down the plane, because now that I know her backstory and what she sacrificed… It’s like, she can’t be with him. And aside from that, I love Scott Foley. I have always loved Scott Foley. I mean excuse me if I had the choice, hello! I mean, what’s the problem here?! Either or! Absolutely I’d take Scott Foley. And Tony, I’d take that, too.”
What She Thinks Of Dressing In Prison Garb Instead Of Designer Threads Like Olivia:
“Oh, you have no idea. Not only do they tell me nothing about what I’m doing other than I’m going to be Mama Pope, but I worked with Lyn Paolo, the stylist, on ER for 12 years. We were so excited to work together again and I just couldn’t wait. I had visions of Chanel in my head! And I showed up and she said, ‘OK, so what size jumpsuit do you want?’ And I said, ‘Wait, what? Excuse me?’ Because I had no idea what I was doing. I said, ‘No one’s told me anything! Is it a 70′s flashback?’ She said, ‘Nope, you’re gonna be in grey. What size do you want? Do you want to eat in this jumpsuit? I can give you a large.’”
She’s hilarious! Loved her on CSI and Treme and I’m loving her on Scandal! What do you think will come of Mama Pope as the season goes on? Will she help take down Rowan? Will she be behind some really foul stuff? Can’t wait to find out!
What?! Mellie Grant Wasn’t Meant To Be A Recurring Character On ‘Scandal,’ Says Actress Bellamy Young
As a self-proclaimed gladiator and die-hard Scandal fan, it’s hard to envision what the show would be like without the show’s resident cut-throat, First Lady Mellie Grant. But during a recent interview with Wendy Williams, actress Bellamy Young revealed that Mellie was originally supposed to be written out of the political thriller’s script.
“I had two lines in the pilot! One of them was like, ‘Livvvvvvvv!’ Like literally, I had nothing to do, but I was so thankful to be there,” she giddily told Wendy.
The Broadway actress went on to say that she was really disappointed when she initially learned Mellie would only be around for a few episodes.
“The first table read I got dressed up, I was so happy and Shonda was kind of going around telling everyone what their arc would be, because we just did seven episodes that first season. And she got to me and said, ‘So you’re going to be here three episodes,’ and she’s continuing to talk and I’m trying to smile, but I’m dying inside. And I hear her say something about presidential divorce.”
Thankfully, the writers changed their minds!
“Bless them, they found Mellie to be a sort of fulcrum in the story and they started writing it and it’s been unbelievable! It’s my first time as a regular, I couldn’t be any luckier,” the 43-year-old North Carolina native gushed.
Since Bellamy seems way too bubbly to be anything like her manipulative character, Mellie, it’s no shock that she’s sometimes blown away by some of the crooked things that Scandal’s First Lady gets away with.
“There’s been a lot. I mean, when you induce a baby to manipulate a human, that’s kind of big. But I think for me, following through on the threat to give the interview about his (Fitz’s) affair was big. I mean, you just don’t do that. That’s something you just hold over someone’s head for twenty years. But Mellie is like a ride or die kind of girl.”
As for the fact that most of America is rooting for the mistress in the storyline, Bellamy says that this truly speaks to Shonda’s talent as a producer.
“I make of it, Shonda’s genius. She started this story, sort of in a pinhole. And you were just looking at their love and their relationship. And you’re like, ‘Oh God, yes, I feel that. I feel that. I want that for them,’ and then she slowly pulled back and you got the context. And you’re like, ‘Oh, oh, I’m pulling for adultery. Who does that make me? But her kind of storytelling, she lets the characters be so messy. It let’s you examine you, because you find out what you pull for and who you pull for,” said Bellamy.
Watch Bellamy’s interview on the next page. Thoughts?
Last night’s episode of “Scandal” was probably the most scandalous and emotionally draining episode of the night. When it was all over and done with I found myself just staring at the floor in shock. And surprisingly, even though last night’s episode took me through so many changes, it had very little to do with Olivia herself. But that didn’t keep it from being insanely good. Check out last night’s most jaw-dropping moments.
Aside From The Bad Cover: Kerry Washington Talks Finally Getting Her Just Dues And Her Wedding Ring In Lucky
People spent so much time ragging on the cover of Lucky with Kerry Washington that I think most people forgot to pay attention to what homegirl was saying in her cover story with the magazine. She actually dropped some gems on her wedding ring, Olivia Pope’s style, her own style and how blessed she is to work in Hollywood. Oh yeah, she also talks about throwing down during the holidays and how she makes even brussels sprouts delicious.
On Olivia Pope’s Fashion Sense:
“There are shows where every time you see the character she’s in a different piece, and it’s like a fashion event,” she says. “I didn’t want that. I wanted Olivia to be a real person. We will always buy new pieces, but on every episode we try to use at least one piece that you’ve seen before, whether it’s a suit jacket or pants or a pair of shoes.
“People always come up to me and say, ‘Oh, I want Olivia’s closet,’ and I’m like, ‘Me too!’
Her Own Style:
“In my mid-20s, fashion intimidated me. But when I went to the shows, it suddenly occurred to me that it was the same as going to a gallery opening or to the theater…It is a moment to take in the work of a particular artist and decide how you feel about it.” She threw together an informal team of “fashion mentors”—people like actress Tracee Ellis Ross and E! critic George Kotsiopoulos—and showered them with questions. “They really taught me a great deal. They would give me the names of designers to watch or magazines to buy. And I started to develop a language around fashion.”
“I’ve always understood there’s a power in costume,” she says, “like when I traveled at a young age from the Bronx to my school in Manhattan—two different universes…I’m not a formal person. I have a lot of jeans. And I have tons of sneakers, whether they’re the custom Nikes that you can make online or the Isabel Marant wedges. That’s the Bronx in me, for sure.”
Finally Getting Her Just Dues In Hollywood:
“It’s a miracle to even work in this industry,” says Washington, who resists being tagged a late bloomer. “I didn’t become an actress to be on the cover of magazines. That was always a little scary to me. What I love about acting is the craft of becoming different people and telling a story.”
On Her Wedding Rings:
“I never wanted to have a ring that I would feel uncomfortable riding the subway with. My wedding band and engagement ring are the only things I can say that I wear every day,” she says, a little unsure if she’s over-sharing. “I pin them to my clothing on set. That way, I always have them with me.”
Throwing Down In The Kitchen For the Holidays:
“My mother’s birthday is close to Christmas, and I like to cook around the holidays,” she says. “It’s really a special time.” Washington and her new husband plan to spend their rare downtime at her house in upstate New York and attend the annual Washington family get-togethers in the Bronx. “I’m usually in charge of the veggies—I have a brussels sprouts dish that I make,” she says. “And my mom and I bake this Jamaican rum cake together.”
I just love how down to earth Kerry is about everything. But hey, that’s the Bronx in her! Check out her interview in full over at Lucky and share your thoughts on it below!
So I know you watched Scandal last night (don’t worry, our recap is on the way!). Outside of finding out more about Harrison’s background and watching Olivia get gully with Fitz, we had the chance to see the young Olivia Pope in a flashback scene where Rowan Pope prepares to inform her that Olivia’s mother was killed in that infamous airplane crash. We got a brief glimpse of the young actress, Yara Shahidi, with her curly ponytails and glasses, but you’ve seen her adorable face before on more than one occasion.
Shahidi, 12, is probably best known for her work in the Eddie Murphy movie, Imagine That. Plus she made an appearance in Salt and most recently in the Tyler Perry-led action film, Alex Cross. Shahidi has done ad work for McDonald’s, Ralph Lauren, Target, Gap Kids and a wealth of other companies. Shahidi and her young brother Sayeed are both currently on the show “The First Family,” which comes on Centric. An interesting fact about Shahidi and her brother is that they’re second cousins to rapper Nas. The world is maaaad small!
I actually had an inkling that they would pick her to play Olivia Pope, as they have similar cheekbones and lips, and plus, kid black Hollywood is pretty small, so imagine my surprise when she did end up in last night’s episode. We might so more of Shahidi in this role if we get more flashbacks of Olivia as a child, and I hope we do, because this little lady is one talented actress who deserves as much shine as she can get! Congratulations Yara!
Kerry Washington’s star is quickly rising to the top and we’re supporting her the whole way. We’ve got the skinny on “Scandal” fashion, Kerry’s secret to staying fit and lots of reasons to love one of our favorite A-list celebrities.
In fiction, and in real life, cheating is wrong — except for when we decide it really isn’t. From Olivia Pope to Angelina Jolie, when some chicks become the other woman, we have a hard time being mad. These are the mistresses who’ve gotten a pass.
Before you start freaking out (or start thinking that homeboy is about to be a stay-at-home dad to the newlywed couple’s baby on the way), know that this is a part of the game. Plus, chances are, he’ll be picked up by another team within the next few weeks. If not, Olivia Pope needs to come and handle it! (Just kidding!) But as the story goes according to NFL.com:
Nnamdi Asomugha, a veteran cornerback and four-time pro-bowler who had his best years as an Oakland Raider, was waived by the 49ers to make way for defensive back Eric Wright. Rumors had been flying since early last week that Asomugha might be released for big man Wright, who has been injured for a while, but Wright is coming back healthy and ready to go. By adding him into the roster, somebody had to go, and that was Asomugha. I don’t personally watch the 49ers, but NFL.com claims that Asomugha’s game has been in decline for a few years now.
Fans of the player seem optimistic that he’ll be picked up by a team pretty quickly (some seem thirsty for the uber-struggle Minnesota Vikings to go for him), while others are saying that his best years are behind him. But as one insightful fan puts it: “But he still has Kerry Washington waiting for him when he gets home. So who really lost here?”
Exactly. He’s clearly a winner. Good luck, bruh!
I can’t be the only one who noticed that last night’s dialogue was particularly good and dare I say game changing. So instead of highlighting the different plot points from last night, I’m going to use my favorite quoteables to explain exactly what went down. And on another note, I feel compelled to mention that last night Kerry Washington retweeted and responded to us during the show. *Shining moment.*
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) November 1, 2013
Now, that we’ve handled that very important business, let’s jump in.